THE RESULTS ARE IN! Announcing the Winners and Finalists for

THE RESULTS ARE IN! Announcing the Winners and
Finalists for the Independent Publisher Book Awards
Winners and Finalists in the Independent Publisher Book
Awards 2001 have been chosen, the Ten Outstanding
Books of the Year have been named, and Awards will be
presented to winning publishers at BookExpo America 2001
in Chicago. This was the fifth annual "IPPY Awards," and
participation was up almost 40% over last year.
“The 2001 Independent Publisher Book Awards proved that
independent publishing is on the rise, and increasing in
quality, diversity, and marketability,” said Jim Barnes,
Independent Publisher Online managing editor and
coordinator of the Awards. “We wish we could recognize
even more of the participating titles--all 770 publishers that
entered deserve accolades for their excellent work.”
The Ten Outstanding Books of the Year
For 19 years our mission at Independent Publisher has
been to recognize and encourage the work of publishers
who exhibit the courage and creativity necessary to take
chances, break new ground, and bring about change. The
Ten Outstanding Books of the Year were chosen for
exemplifying that kind of independent spirit. Each will
receive a $500 cash award.
Most Inspirational to Youth
Highs! Over 150 Ways to Feel Really, REALLY Good...
Without Alcohol or Other Drugs, by Alex J. Packer, PhD
(Free Spirit Publishing)
Business Breakthrough of the Year
Unleashing the Idea Virus, by Seth Godin (Do You Zoom
Most Likely To Save the Planet
The Living Wild, by Art Wolfe (Wildlands Press)
Best Health Book
Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in
America, by Wesley J. Smith (Encounter Books)
Best Book Arts Craftsmanship
Small Mountains, by W.D. Wetherell; illus. Jules Olitski
(The Endeavour Collection)
Most Helpful to Society
What To Do (For Teen Health/When Your Child Gets Sick),
by Gloria Mayer, R.N. & Ann Kuklierus, R.N. (Institute for
Healthcare Advancement)
Most Unique Design
Coca-Cola Girls: An Advertising Art History, by Chris H.
Beyer (Collectors Press)
Independent Publisher Book Awards 2001 winners and
finalists by category:
1. Fine Art (History, Criticism, Exhibition Catalog)
Winner: Wonderland (Saint Louis Art Museum)
Finalists: Ceramics of Shimaoka Tatsuzo (Mingei
International Museum)
Nancy Grossman: Loud Whispers (Michael Rosenfeld
2. Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Theater)
Winner: Josh White: Society Blues (University of
Massachusetts Press)
Finalists: A Shakespearean Actor Prepares (Smith &
Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker’s Journey (WGI Publishing)
3. Photography
Winner: All Over the Map: Travel Photographs & the
Stories Behind Them (Loose Ends Press)
Finalists: Oregon: Then & Now (Westcliffe Publishers)
Telluride: Landscapes and Dreams (Montoya Publishing)
4. Architecture
Winner: Japan Modern (Tuttle Publishing)
Finalists: Adventures with Old Houses (Wyrick &
The White House (Abbeville Press) disparage
5. Fiction - General
Winner: The Beast God Forgot to Invent, by Jim Harrison
Finalists: A Walk Through Fire (Crane Hill Publishers)
Cutter’s Island (Academy Chicago)
6. Short Story Fiction
Winner: Assorted Fire Events, by David Means (Context
Finalists: Glory Goes and Gets Some (Coffee House Press)
Head (Sarabande Books)
7. Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction
Winner: Little Wolf’s Book of Badness, by Ian Whybrow
(Lerner Publishing Group)
Finalists: Witches Night Out (Llewellen)
The Watcher (Kids Can)
Most Life-Changing
Yoga: Mastering the Basics, by Sandra Anderson & Rolf
Sovik, Psy.D. (Himalayan Institute Press)
8. Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Winner: The Black Chalice, by Marie Jakober (EDGE Sci-Fi
& Fantasy Publishing)
Finalists: The Wrong World (FTL Publications)
Sexcrime (Circlet Press)
Most Original Concept
Your Guys Guide to Gynecology: A Reference for Men and
Women, by Bruce Bekkar, MD & Udo Wahn, MD (Ant Hill
9. Horror
Winner: Butterfly House, by T.K. Sheils (LTDBooks)
Finalists: Heart of Ice Blood of Fire (Crazy Wolf Publishing)
A Taste of Midnight (Circlet Press)
Story Teller of the Year
Charles F. Price, author of The Cock’s Spur (John F. Blair)
10. Multicultural Fiction
Winner: A Fast Red Road: A Plainsong, by Stephen
Graham Jones (FC2)
Finalists: National Treasure (RKLOG Press)
A Place Called Milagro de la Paz (Curbstone Press)
11. Multicultural Fiction - Juv/Young Adult
Winner: My Very Own Room (Mi Propio Cuartito) by Amada
Irma Perez (Children’s Book Press)
Finalists: Sometimes I Talk, Sometimes I Sign
(Communication Connection)
Girl-On-Fire (Haven Books)
12. Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Winner: Tracon, by Paul McElroy (Japphire)
Finalists: Bleeding Out (Firebrand Books)
Two For Joy (Poisoned Pen Press)
13. Romance
Winner: Gino, the Countess & Chagall by Len Lamensdorf
(SeaScape Press)
Finalists: The Attraction Factor (Avid Press)
Heir to Govandhara (Saira Ramasastry/iUniverse)
14. Visionary Fiction
Winner: The Archer King, by Reyna Thera Lorele (Blue
Arrow Books)
Finalists: The Minotaur Takes A Cigarette Break (John F.
Ashes for the Elephant God (Blue Planet)
15. Children's Picture Book (6 & under)
Winner: The Farewell Symphony (Charlesbridge)
Finalists: Struwwelpeter 2000 (Iolair Publishing)
Sleepy Little Mouse (Kids Can Press)
16. Children's Picture Book (7 & over)
Winner: Song of the Whooping Crane (Eerdman)
Finalists: The Rabbi Who Flew (Booksmythe)
The Story of the Search for the Story (Lerner Publishing
17. Essay/Creative Non-Fiction
Winner: All Things Censored, by Mumia Abu-Jamal (Seven
Stories Press)
Finalists: Novello: Ten Years of Great American Writing
(Novello Festival Press)
The First Time I Got Paid For It: Writers’ Tales from the
Hollywood Trenches (Public Affairs)
18. Juv/Young Adult Non-Fiction
Winner: Teen Angst? Naaah… (Free Spirit Publishing)
Finalists: The Way of Youth: Buddhist Common Sense for
Handling Life’s Questions (Middleway Press)
Stories of Young Pioneers (Mountain Press Publishing)
Nuclear Legacy: Students of Two Atomic Cities (Battelle
19. Multicultural Non-Fiction
Winner: Walls of Heritage/Walls of Pride (Pomegranate
Finalists: The Lonely Queue (East West Discovery Press)
Against Race (Harvard University Press)
20. Multicultural Non-Fiction – Juv/Young Adult
Winner: Painting the Dakota: Seth Eastman at Fort Snelling
(Afton Historical Society Press)
Finalists: Upside Down Boy (Children’s Book Press)
My Amazon River Day (Shedd Aquarium)
21. Autobiography/Memoir
Winner: Midnight Diaries by Boris Yeltsin (Public Affairs)
Finalists: Baby Face: A Story of Heart and Bones
(Woodbine House)
Leap To Life: Triumph Over Nazi Evil (Ardor Scribendi)
22. Biography
Winner: Lenin: A Biography (Harvard University Press)
Finalists: Indian Trader: The Life and Times of J.L. Hubbell
(Kiva Publishing)
The Wildest Dream: The Biography of George Mallory (The
Mountaineers Books)
23. Business/Career
Winner: Leading the Revolution (Harvard Business School
Finalists: Winning Roles for Career Minded Women
(Davies-Black Publishing)
The Monk and the Riddle (Harvard Business School Press)
24. Coffee Table Books
Winner: Genuine Value: The John Deere Journey
(Deere & Company)
Finalists: Whispered Prayers (Talisman Press)
Horror of the 20th Century (Collectors Press)
25. Computer/Internet
Winner: The Art & Science of Web Design (New Riders
Finalists: Architect for Learning (Teleologic Learning
Photoshop, Painter, & Illustrator Side-by-Side (Sybex)
26 Cookbooks
Winner: American Harvest (Lebhar-Friedman Books)
Finalists: Savor the Moment (The Junior League of Boca
Purple Kiwi (Frieda’s Inc.)
27. Current Events
Winner: All Our Relations (South End Press)
Finalists: Cuba: Neither Heaven Nor Hell (Epica)
Ben Franklin's Web Site: Privacy and Curiosity (Privacy
28. Education/Academic/Teaching
Winner: Going Bohemian: Activities That Engage
Adolescents in the Art of Writing Well (International
Reading Association)
Finalists: The First Six Weeks of School (Northeast
Foundation for Children)
Tools for Teaching: Discipline, Instruction, Motivation
(Fredric H. Jones & Assoc.)
29. Environment/Ecology/Nature
Winner: Watching the Watsonville Wetlands (Watsonville
Wetlands Watch)
Finalists: Restoring North America’s Birds (Yale University
Stolen Harvest (South End Press)
30. Erotica/Sexuality
Winner: Still Doing It: Women & Men Over 60 Write About
Their Sexuality (Down There Press)
Finalists: Guide to Getting It On (Goofy Foot Press)
The Divine Duty of Servants (Cool Grove Press)
31. Gay/Lesbian
Winner: Journeys Across the Rainbow (Rainbow Pride
Finalists: Corporal In Charge (Palm Drive Publishing)
Black & White Men (Pond Street Press)
32. Health/Medicine/Nutrition
Winner: State of the Heart (Write Stuff Enterprises)
Finalists: New York Times Book of Women’s Health
(Lebhar-Friedman Books)
Soy Smart Health (Woodland Publishing)
33. History
Winner: The Jewish Confederates (University of South
Carolina Press)
Finalists: A War to Be Won: Fighting the Second World War
(Harvard University Press)
American Tragedy: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Origins of
the Vietnam War (Harvard University Press)
34. Home & Garden
Winner: Meditations on Design (Conari Press)
Finalists: Infinite Spaces (Tuttle Publishing)
Water Gardens (Creative Homeowner)
35. How-To (Hobby/Crafts)
Winner: Working With Precious Metal Clay (Brynmorgen
Finalists: Exotic Paper Airplanes (Cypress House)
Memory Makers Quilted Scrapbooks (Satellite Press)
40. Poetry
Winner: Cool, Calm & Collected: Poems 1960-2000 by
Carolyn Kizer (Copper Canyon)
Finalists: Even As We Speak (The University of Evansville
Breakers (Coffee House Press)
41. Popular Culture
Winner: The Beatles Story on Capitol Records (498
Finalists: Comic Book Culture (Collectors Press)
The Puppy Baby Book (Artistic Origins)
42. Sports/Recreation
Winner: Prototypes: The History of the IMSA GTP Series
(David Bull Publishing)
Finalists: Champions of Women’s Golf (QuailMark Books)
Diving and Snorkeling Thailand (Lonely Planet)
43. Reference
Winner: Encyclopedia of the American Civil War (ABCCLIO)
Finalists: Understanding USA (TED Foundation)
Easy Wedding Planner, Organizer and Keepsake (Wedding
Solutions Publishing)
44. Religion
Winner: Jesus Today: Living Life as Jesus Would (City
Bible Publishing)
Finalists: The Serpent Handlers: Three Families and Their
Faith (John F. Blair)
Is the Pope Catholic? (The Crossroad Publishing
36. Humor
Winner: Below the Beltway (Long Wind Publishing)
Finalists: Think Outside the Cat Box (Plan Nine Publishing)
The Snake in the Spin Cycle (1st Books/Sue Diaz)
45. Science
Winner: Robo sapiens: Evolution of a New Species (The
MIT Press)
Finalists: E=MC2:The Biography of an Equation (Walker &
Human Natures: Genes, Cultures, and the Human Prospect
(Island Press)
37: Inspirational/Spiritual
Winner: Homo Delphinus: The Dolphin Within Man
Finalists: The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the
Blessed Life (Multnoma Publishers)
The Power of Prayer Around the World (Templeton
Foundation Press)
46. Self Help
Winner: Downshifting (Berrett-Koehler)
Finalists: The Circle of Healing: Deepening Our
Connections with Self, Others, and Nature (Talking Birds
Capture the Rapture: How to Step Out of Your Head and
Leap Into Life (Covisioning)
38. New Age
Winner: Destiny of Souls: New Case Studies of Life
Between Lives (Llewellen) Finalists: Direct Connection:
Transformation of Consciousness (Rutledge Books)
Journey Into Your Center (Nataraja Publications)
47. Travel - Essay
Winner: Tracks of the Unseen (Fulcrum Publishing)
Finalists: Take Me With You (Travelers Tales)
The House on Dream Street (Algonquin Books of Chapel
39. Parenting
Winner: The Little Big Book for Moms (Welcome
Finalists: Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing our
Children from Birth to Seven (Michaelmas Press)
48 Travel - Guidebook
Winner: The Guide to Yellowstone Waterfalls (Westcliffe
Finalists: The World-Famous Alaska Highway: A Guide to
the Alcan and other Wilderness (Fulcrum Publishing)
Gettysburg Expedition Guide (TravelBrains)
Managing the Gift: Alternative Approaches for Attention
Deficit Disorder (LightLines Publishing)
49 Women's Issues
Winner: Bountiful Women (Wildcat Canyon Press)
Finalists: By Herself (Graywolf)
40 Over 40 (Wildcat Canyon Press)
Check out the current and upcoming issues of
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on the IPPY Awards.
The Independent Publisher Book Awards (aka
IPPYs) were launched in 1996 to bring increased
recognition to unsung titles published by independent
authors and publishers. Each year the Awards
recognize Ten Outstanding Books of the Year and a
winner and two finalists in 58 different categories.
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